LibriVox recording of On the Laws, by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Translated by Charles Duke Yonge.
Read by Geoffrey Edwards
De Legibus (On the Laws) is a philosophical dialogue between: Cicero's friend Titus Pomponius Atticus; Cicero's brother Quintus; and Cicero himself. The dialogue is written in the style of Plato who was greatly revered by Cicero. De Legibus forms a continuation of Cicero's own work De re Publica (On the Commonwealth or On the Republic) and is also a response to Plato's work Νόμοι (Laws). It is unknown how many books the work originally contained but several complete books have been lost. Cicero's emphasis in the surviving work is on the nature and purpose of law as opposed to providing answers to specific legal questions which Cicero considered a mundane pursuit for a lower sort of person. Topics discussed include: the factual basis of myths; natural law; the importance of God; Plato's obsession with music; and reforms needed by the Roman Republic (including political offices and voting). (Summary by Geoffrey Edwards)
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